A sense of anticipation fills several empty rooms. As the clock ticks, musicians in each room begin their preparation – setting up music stands, arranging chairs, tuning their instruments and gathering their sheet music. However, this is no ordinary musical performance and, as such, the musicians begin arranging their laptops, smartphones and tablets, ready for use. Inside a recording studio, there is a wall of screens, each one displaying a live stream of a different room in Europe. The screens are labelled ‘Spain’, ‘Sweden’ and ‘Italy’. A violinist is waiting to begin, while in the background her son watches television. The conductor – a pensive, thoughtful man – steps up to the podium, while people around Europe tune in via the internet to watch the performance. The conductor raises his baton and the orchestra begins playing Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9 in E minor, ‘From the New World’. Internet connectivity has enabled everyone to play and watch together.